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Project by larryw posted 02-21-2011 05:36 AM 2097 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these pens and boxes for my dad, step-dad, brother, and the one with-out an initialed medallion was for my daughter-n-law’s dad. The first three boxes were made from cocobolo, bubinga, and bubinga w/leopardwood. The medallions are camphor burl ,except for the cocobolo box which has a bubinga medallion. the letters are ebony,( the letters in the cocobolo box are sycamore) which I cut with a jewelers saw.The pens are cocobolo. The other box is made from cherry with a piece of crotch walnut inlayed in the top, and ebony stringing framing it. The pen is figured walnut from the root section of the tree.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 05:49 AM

I don’t usually Comment on Pens…BUT! WOW!! This is the Whole Ball Of Wax!! The Boxes are exceptionally well done!

I like the NO finish part also. They will probably age Very Nicely.

My Favourite is the Front One ”CLC”

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 05:59 AM

what kind of hinges did you use. nice work.

-- HardHead.

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 07:03 AM

Thanks for the comments. The hinges were purchased from woodcraft, The’re called “barbed” hinges, because of the little barbs on each hinge leaf. The idea here ,is to be able to install them with out any fasteners or glue, hince the barbs. They are pressed into the thin kerfed slots with simple hand pressure when assembling the two halves of the box. To install them ,you will also need to purchase the small kerfed circular blades to cut the slots( there are two sizes to choose from) and arbor which chucks into a drill press.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 09:52 AM

Larry I bet they’ll be really happy to be receiving one of those in the post They are beautiful, my personal favourite is the Cocobolo double box the colour is beautiful

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 03:47 PM

More projects completed with your usual taste and skill. I have a thing for fountain pens that borders on the excessive. And pens are fun to make. I always enjoy seeing your work. I’ll be posting my latest box tonight, you may want to take a peek.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 04:13 PM

Very nice work Larry, That wood just pops!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 05:14 PM

The boxes are as nice as the pens. Wow! What great gifts these would be, I’ll send you my info. LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 10:42 PM

Very nice indeed Larry, your list of skill sets just keeps increasing with each new project posted, us lj’s can only wonder, What’s next, great job done with expertise and artistic touch, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 02-22-2011 02:42 AM

Thanks again everyone for your kind comments.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 11:49 PM

these are all very beautiful writing tools, and storage boxes. wow! they all pop super nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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